Taiwan has approved the delivery of a $210,676 non-reimbursable fund to contribute to Honduras' food security by strengthening the potato and avocado crops in the South American country and reducing the flight of foreign currency through imports of those crops.
The projects that will be carried out in Honduras are the Reproduction of Healthy Potato Seeds in Honduras and the Reproduction of Healthy Avocado Seedlings, which will be carried out by the Secretariat of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), through the Directorate of Science and Agricultural Technology (Dicta).
The execution of both projects will be sponsored technically and financially by the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF), China Taiwan, and the central government. They will take place in the Santa Catarina Experimental Station, in the municipality of La Esperanza, department of Intibuca.
Their main goal is to improve the country's competitiveness and productive capacity by guaranteeing seeds and plants that meet the high-quality standards required by the market to national producers.
The implementation of the Healthy Avocado Seedling Project will produce 35,000 seedlings per year, will lead to the construction of avocado seed orchards, and the improvement of the infrastructure of the seedling reproductive station.
The potato project aims to produce about 28,000 quintals of healthy seeds with the highest quality standards, and progressively reduce imports of certified seeds by up to 75 percent, which cost the country 2.6 million dollars a year.